TV movie preservation (was: Lee Remick movie??)
Gregory Callahan (email@example.com)
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 17:58:05 -0800 (PST)
>From: Oksana Dykyj
>To: Multiple recipients of list
>Subject: Re: Lee Remick movie...and what happens to TV movies anyway??
>Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 09:45:29 -0800 (PST)
>My thoughts are distinctly influenced by the fact that there has
>1 hour of sunshine in Montreal in the past 10 days:
>Preservation and access are interesting concepts when it comes to
>scholarship. On one end of the scale, we have the scholars who feel
>they must have access (preferably in some form of video-on demand)
>everything that has ever been produced, and on the other end, we
>producing body and/or current copyright owner demanding to be paid
>every allusion to their work in perpetuity. Somewhere in a happier
>would be information regarding how access could be granted to a
>copy of the film if it is not commercially available. Although
>should not expect mass marketing and restoration efforts for every
>tv show or student film, they should expect to do the appropriate
>and be satisfied that they have all the information there is about
>they are interested in, and if it still exists, the opportunity to
>to an archive to see it.
>What forms history? Should everyone's home movies and videos be
>in archives? How many cute kids opening presents containing
>do we need to preserve, how many wedding videos of similarly dressed
>individuals dancing to the same music will represent a particular
>Archivists will be grappling with decisions for years to come.
>Let's put this into perspective. How many people remember the silent
>actress Dagmar Godowsky? She was probably the Lee Remick of her time
>(albeit more colorful and with fewer screen credits) and access to
>most likely disappeared at the same rate as access to Lee Remick's.
>very sad fact of culture in motion.
>At 03:22 PM 11/29/00 -0800, you wrote:
>>I remember the film fondly and did not find it all that
>>had a strong cast w/ the much missed Remick (who at the time was
>>queen of the TV movies--in competition w/ Liz Montgomery perhaps),
>>Lansbury and Polly Holiday.
>>I recall that a few of Remick's TV projects ("Hustling," "Wheels,"
>>"Jesse") did make it to video, but it seems that the vast majority
>>made-for-TV movies never do--increasingly so. Disappointing,
>>almost every 2nd or 3rd rate cinematic release eventually winds up
>>available on video, but often even the best of TV productions do
>>Is there also a preservation issue for future (or current) scholars
>>>From: Kim Hale
>>>To: Multiple recipients of list
>>>Subject: Lee Remick movie
>>>Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 11:23:25 -0800 (PST)
>>>I think this might be the film a recent VIDEOLIB query asked about
>>>featuring Lee Remick.
>>> >From the site, Allmovie.com:
>>>The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story
>>>1983 - USA - 96 min. - Feature, Color
>>>Director: Delbert Mann
>>>Artistic/ ProductionStyles: Made for TV
>>> >From story by: Aldrich, Mrs. Bess Streeter
>>> >From story: Silent Stars Go By, The
>>>Set In: Christmas, Depression era
>>>Produced by: Amanda Productions / Telecom Entertainment
>>>Bearing a marked resemblance to It's a Wonderful Life, The Gift of
>>>Christmas Story stars Lee Remick as a woman plagued by profound
>>>and business problems. It's getting close to Christmas, but Remick
>>>hardly in the mood to celebrate, feeling that her life has lost
>>>purpose. She is revitalized by a dream in which she is reunited
>>>recently deceased mother (Angela Lansbury), who guides Remick
>>>inspiring replay of her Depression-era childhood.
>>>Earl Hamner, of Waltons fame, penned the determinedly lachrymose
>>>screenplay. Filmed on location in Vermont, the made-for-TV The
>>>Love was originally aired five days before Christmas in
>>>1983. -- Hal Erickson
>>>Kimberly Hale, Acquisitions Librarian/Coordinator of Collection
>>>Library, Columbia College Chicago
>>>624 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605
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Thank you, Oksana, for your reply. For someone with a 10-day sunshine deficit, you don't seem inordinately grouchy , so don't worry on that score. In fact, I think you hit the nail on the head with your remarks about academic researchers demands vs. those of copyright holders. Very insightful.
I only used Lee Remick as an example, but I do see how her television work could be used as the basis of some interesting research. As a middle aged actress who was finding fewer and fewer opportunities on the big screen in the 80s (last cinematic roles mainly smallish ones in The Competition and Tribute). Meanwhile, she was landing starring roles in TV productions throughout the 70s and 80s. TV seemed to offer a way for "movie actresses" to age gracefully--and to continue to get relatively plum roles. (And of course, now we see Bette Midler moving into series television).
Of course, as Oksana points out, these trends could still be studied if a significant number of the actual films are documented (when not preserved) or if they remain available in select archives. Much depends on the nature of the research.
By the way, was the television ad (for DSL service, I think) where the clerk in a desert motel disinteredly tells an otherwise exasperated guest that for entertainment they offer "any movie, from any time, in any language" such a pipedream?
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